review: Darcy and Fitzwilliam

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darcyfitzwilliamDarcy and Fitzwilliam A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer

by Karen V. Wasylowski

This Austen continuation explores the first years of Darcy’s marriage, while Colonel Fitzwilliam searches for happiness after the horrors of Waterloo. Lady Catherine de Bourge plays a large part in this novel, though curiously not as the antagonist–that role is given over to Caroline Bingley, who continues to abuse Elizabeth even after she becomes Mrs. Darcy.

While the story line is not too imaginative, the dialog between the characters is laugh-out-loud funny. I found the first part of the book to be charming and very readable, even if unbelievable at times. Unfortunately, the second half of the book was full of repetitive misunderstandings and maddening bullheadedness. The author definitely has talent with humor writing and readers looking for this style will greatly enjoy the novel.